Catch free photo exhibit and lectures on Philippine Prison System at Ayala Museum

Shara Mae Balce
PUBLISHED March 13, 2018 04:45 pm

(Inside Manila) Little do some of us know, the Philippine jails currently have a congestion rate of 558%.

Unsanitary, overcrowded, and unfit for humans cells—these are relatively part of the appalling condition of our countrymen committed to detention centers.

In conjunction with photograph exhibition “Bursting at the Seams: Philippine Detention Centers,” the Filipinas Heritage Library proudly presents the “Prison Talks: Lectures on the Philippine Prison System” to shed more light on the overseen scenario inside the country’s jails and penitentiaries.

Photo from Filipinas Heritage Library/Facebook

Two related lectures will also be held on March 14, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm include the “Pangkat: Inmate Gangs at the New Bilibid Prison Maximum Security Compound” with President of the Philippine Sociological Society Filomin C. Gutierrez, PhD, and “The Bilibid Prison as an American Colonial Project in the Philippines” with historian Aaron Abel Mallari.

The photographs by award-winning photographer Rick Rocamora which showcase his six-year journey documenting the inhumane conditions that the country’s detainees face.

The exhibition is open at the second floor of the Ayala Museum for free admission until April 6.

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